"The design of the following sheets being to explain ths doctrine and ceremonies of the Catholic Church, and to vindicate the same from the misrepresentations of our adversaries, the reader, whether Catholic or Protestant, may reasonably expect that I should not send them abroad into the world without taking some notice of a late performance of Dr. Conyers Middleton's, entitled, "A letter from Rome, showing an exact Conformity between Popery and Paganism; or the Religion of the present Romans derived from that of their heathen Ancestors." This being a work directly levelled against some part of the ceremonies of the Church, and having been received with great applause by many in England, so as to have passed through three editions in the space of a few years ; it is to comply with so reasonable an expectation that I have determined to employ my preface in making some animadversions upon this letter of the Doctor ; to which, though consisting of seventy pages in quarto, I hope, with the help of God, in one short sheet to give a full and satisfactory answer. ..."
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The "Preface" contains the author's answer to Dr. Conyers Middleton's A letter from Rome